Greetings all, new member, long time lurker... First things first, I have read the FAQ about charging system diagnosis/free power mod. Anyways, my '05 S would not start last week w/ the button while I was out trail riding near my home. I bump-started it and got it home no problem except for a few stumbles when rolling on the throttle hard. I did the checks and the stator appeared good. The battery was not getting 14.5 volts at 3k however. I borrowed a buddy's battery and checked all the connections. They appeared good. I even replaced the blade fuse at the battery. I put the volt meter across the battery w/ the bike running, and presto!, 14.5 volts! Cut to this weekend. I'm riding about 20 miles from home and stop to grab a drink at a gas station. I come out and hit the button...nothing. I figure I can make the 20 mile ride off the stator alone, and sure enough, 10 miles to go, the bike starts to sputter/pop and dies on the side of the road. Panel LCD is dead, nothing. I get it home and grab a new battery, check the voltages and ohms everywhere again (except at the rectifier/regulator) and everything appears good except at the battery where it's only 12.4 volts running. I'm not getting any charge. I check the fuse and it's good, the wiring appears good, the stator puts out 70 or so volts a/c when running and ohms out at about 1.2/3 when not. There is no continuity when checked to ground either. As I am not confident in my ability to check the r/r on my own, I will remove it and have a competent friend check it out. With that said, is it possible the r/r COULD test good (like when it did last week) and then die right after? I know these things can be finicky, especially when hot, but I just checked w/ the bike cold and it's not getting 14.5volts. I know this all sounds like a newb question, but it's driving me crazy trying to figure this out, ESPECIALLY after it was getting a charge last week. What say you TT'ers?